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Double Chocolate Muffins

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On the weekend I was thinking about making Cranberry Walnut Breakfast Muffins but I was craving something chocolate-y and didn't want something as cake-like as the Chocolate Quinoa Cupcakes (I reserve those for birthdays and special occasions), so
I dreamed up these Double Chocolate Muffins!

I totally got my chocolate fix and felt super good about my healthy, hearty and fulfilling muffin that I slathered with Sunbutter.

Truth be told I didn't manage to eat more than 4 or 5 of them because Vienna and Walker gobbled them up pretty fast (although I love when that happens because it's proof that the recipe was a success). That being said, I did get the last one when no one was looking and had it with a Rise & Shine Tea latte ! I've kept that secret to myself until just now. And since Vienna will be none the wiser (she can't read yet), and Walker probably won't read this blog post (haha!), the secret is safe with you and me right? 

These muffins are so easy to make, I'm going to whip up another batch right after I hit publish on this blog post. 

Baked goods are the easiest recipes to create with a toddler because you don't have to worry about sharp knives and it's fun for kids to dump in all the ingredients and stir.

Vienna loves helping me in the kitchen, and it's such a special time for us. Cooking together with kids is an amazing way to foster a positive relationship with food. I remember making peanut butter cookies with my mom like it was yesterday! (I also remember licking the batter off the spoon when she wasn't looking ;)

Look at that chocolate-y batter (and that sweet smile)! Now if I was making these just for myself and Walker, I would've added more raw cacao. But since Vienna's eating them, too, I didn't want them to be over-stimulating for her. As you might have read in my Superfoods for Kids post, raw cacao is not a food you want to give babies (at all) and little ones (in small amounts) because of the fact it has natural substances like caffeine and theobromine that are super energizing.

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I made these "mini" because it's just easier for little ones to handle (and also means I can eat a few at a time)! If you bake them in a standard size muffin tin you'll just have to adjust the baking time to be a few minutes longer.

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You'll notice I used Camino chocolate chips this time. While I usually use Enjoy Life, these have a little less sugar and I actually find them to have a richer chocolate taste.

These Double Chocolate Muffins are gluten-free, dairy-free and packed with goodness from almond flour and oats, which makes them blood sugar balancing, satiating and fibre-rich (plus, your microbes will love them too). 

Here's my new recipe for Double Chocolate Muffins!

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond flour (or almond meal)
  • 1 cup oats (oat flakes, old-fashioned or quick oats)
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp ea. baking soda and baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs*
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp non-dairy milk
  • 1/3-1/2 cup chocolate chips*
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180 C). Grease a mini muffin tin or line with paper cups.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together almond flour, oats, raw cacao, baking soda & powder, cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil and non-dairy milk. Let the coconut oil cool slightly before combining otherwise it will cook the egg.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Fold in chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until a fork inserted comes out clean.
  6. Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

*Or 1 banana or 2 flax eggs for an egg-free version.
**Up to you how chocolate-y you want it :)

Makes over 2 dozen mini muffins.

If you came here looking for a nut-free muffin, try these ones instead: Coconut Flour Banana Spice Muffins. 

When you try these, please comment below and let me know what you think!

Have a joyous rest of your week!

Joy xo

64 Comments
Ellen   •   March 27, 2019

How many mini muffins does the recipe mak?

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 27, 2019

Sabina Maclusky   •   March 27, 2019

I can't do the oats. Any suggestions? Allergic to quinoa.

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 28, 2019

Jill Forester   •   March 27, 2019

How much less cacao powder do you use when making them for the littles?

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 28, 2019

Grace B.   •   March 28, 2019

Would a quarter cup of raw cacao powder be acceptable for a toddler?

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 28, 2019

Roz   •   March 28, 2019

Hi Joy, I would really like to make these muffins. Is there anything I could use instead of the oats? My daughter can’t have any grains or pseudo grains. I made your chocolate breakfast bark. It was a huge hit. Thank you for that great recipe. My daughter makes it often now. Sometimes she adds a few drops of orange oil and cranberries.

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 28, 2019

Roz   •   March 28, 2019

Thank you for replying :)

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Cayley   •   March 28, 2019

These are beyond delicious! I just had to toss half of them in my freezer before they all disappeared in a day! Thanks Joy!

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 30, 2019

Angela M.   •   March 29, 2019

Made these last night and they were delicious! I substituted flax instead of eggs and they turned out great. I also baked them closer to 15 minutes. Will definitely be making these again. Thanks for the great recipe!

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 30, 2019

Morgan   •   March 29, 2019

Joy! These are so yum! So chocolatey, tender and fluffy! My healthy-averting husband even loved them. Thank you so much again! One step closer to a Joyous lifestyle!

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 30, 2019

Virginia W   •   March 29, 2019

I made these today and they are absolutely delicious!! I’m sure this will become a staple in my kitchen. Thank you for the amazing (and super quick/easy) recipe!

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 30, 2019

Jules   •   March 30, 2019

These turned out amazing and hit the spot, I am pregnant and have never been a big lover of chocolate but have been craving it lately. Thank you!!!!

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 30, 2019

KRISTIN K.   •   March 31, 2019

I really want to make these (and I happen to have all the ingredients, yay me!), but I don't have a mini muffin tin - how many regular sized muffins will this make (12?) and how much would you increase the baking time? Thanks for all the amazing recipes.

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 1, 2019
KRISTIN K.   •   April 7, 2019

Keeley R.   •   March 31, 2019

Yum..just made a batch ..yum, just yum :-)

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 1, 2019

Anna   •   April 1, 2019

Everyone loved these and so easy to make!! Healthy and delicious 😋 Thanks!

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 1, 2019

Maria   •   April 2, 2019

These sound delicious! Can I use unsweetened cocoa powder instead of raw cacao? Thanks!

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 2, 2019

Shruti   •   April 2, 2019

I would love to make these for my daughter a s a school snack. I can't use any nuts or nut flour. Any suggestions?

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 2, 2019

Jo   •   April 2, 2019

How many calories?

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 2, 2019

MELANIE   •   April 2, 2019

Can’t wait to try them, my little dude is still so particular!! I keep trying though in hopes something will snap in his brain

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 3, 2019

Sarah Silverman   •   April 2, 2019

My two older daughters, 13

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Robyn   •   April 2, 2019

These muffins look amazing! And yes, that is a sweet smile. She reminds me of my grand niece, loves cooking and helping out in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing! 💗

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 2, 2019

Kaylene Bush   •   April 2, 2019

Can a sugar free option(i.e. Allulose, Xylitol, Lakanto Classic) be subbed for the maple syrup? Thanks!

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 3, 2019

Lina   •   April 2, 2019

Hi Joy, By non-dairy milk can we use almond or coconut milk? Thanks Lina

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 3, 2019

Danielle H.   •   April 8, 2019

Hi Joy. I made a batch on Saturday, and they were very tasty! The family really enjoyed the flavour so we'll be making them again. I used a regular sized muffin tin, so obviously had to bake longer than your original recipe. This is my first time baking without AP flour, and I found that they were a little crumbly with concave tops. Would this be normal for a gluten free recipe?

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 8, 2019

Sandra   •   April 13, 2019

can i substitute walnuts for the dried cranberries?

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 14, 2019

Stephanie   •   April 18, 2019

Yum! Mine just came out of the oven - perfect for Easter weekend!

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 19, 2019

Christine   •   April 19, 2019

Hello! I made these muffins and they are delicious. I was wondering if you tried grinding the oats to oat flour to use in this recipe? Do you think it would work with this recipe? Thank you, Christine

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 20, 2019

MarLo   •   April 23, 2019

my partner can't have almond meal - do you have any suggestions for alternatives? Thank yu!

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 25, 2019

Karen Todd   •   May 5, 2019

Could these be made with flax eggs instead of eggs.

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 6, 2019

Christine J.   •   July 12, 2019

Your daughter is growing too fast! Followed you since Steven and Chris show! Keep up great work!!

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Joy McCarthy   •   July 12, 2019

Christine J.   •   July 12, 2019

Yep...enjoying seeing her grow up!! My youngest granddaughter got married in may this year...june her sister moved to Florida for work. Enjoy everyday....time has flown❤

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Mary B.   •   September 21, 2019

Hi Joy, I made these muffins and substituted 2 eggs for banana. They were super moist and a big hit with the trainers at the gym. xxoo p.s. could i use less maple syrup in the batch?

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Joy McCarthy   •   September 23, 2019

Leanne Dickau   •   October 30, 2019

mine were quite dry - could this be because of over mixing? baking too long? any thoughts?! the taste was deeeelicious tho!

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 31, 2019

Di   •   November 12, 2019

This is easy and yummy. Saw your post and decided to make it and substituted honey for maple and omitted dried cranberries since I don’t have it.

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Joy McCarthy   •   November 13, 2019

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